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Last Updated: March 27, 2020

Figure 1: Axial and sagittal T2 (top row left and bottom row left) and sagittal T1 post-contrast fat-saturated (FS) images (top row right) demonstrate a centrally located enhancing lesion which expands the upper thoracic spinal cord. The non-enhancing region of T2 hyperintensity in the cranial aspect of the lesion likely represents a polar cyst (also known as a peritumoral or satellite cyst).

Clinical Features

  • Age groups: Adults (3rd to 5th decades of life) > Children (exception: NF-2)
  • Gender: M > F
  • Presentation: Neck or back pain
  • Associations: NF-2